Villa Library


The mission of the Villa Academy Library program is to ensure all members of our learning community have the resources and knowledge to become life-long learners and effective users and producers of information and ideas.

Serving preschool, lower school, and middle school students, the Villa Academy Library houses more than 10,000 print volumes, and a variety of electronic resources. The comfortable, light filled spaces are designed to provide for whole class instruction, individual study, quiet reading, storytelling, and small groups.

The library is staffed with a full time teacher librarian and full time library assistant.


Karen Strand, Librarian          

Karen was drawn to teaching because she loves learning and education is about lifelong learning. Before becoming a librarian she was a classroom teacher, worked as a reading specialist, taught gifted education and worked in staff development.  The move to libraries seemed natural because it combined all her interests and experiences.  She loves encouraging learners of all ages to question, think critically and solve problems creatively. Her goal is for learners to be effective users of ideas and information by encouraging them to pursue their passions and investigate their interests.  She also loves the opportunity to share stories with a dramatic flair.

Karen began working at Villa in 2002.  Before coming to Villa, Karen had a rewarding and successful career in public and higher education, having taught in Seattle Public Schools, Edmonds Public Schools and for the library and education programs at University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle Pacific University.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Drama and Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific University and Master’s Degrees in Instructional Theory, Creativity and Library Media.


Marta Franzen, Library Assistant

Marta’s background includes working in publishing in Portland and Chicago; teaching co-op preschool; tutoring at Bryant Elementary in Seattle; working at Villa Academy as an Instructional Assistant in P-5 and first grade; and serving as the adviser for the Villa Times newspaper.  Books form the common thread that runs throughout her career, and working in the library is a joyful opportunity for her to share her love of literature with all of the students at Villa.


What Is Intellectual Freedom?

Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.


Why Is Intellectual Freedom Important?

Intellectual freedom is the basis for our democratic system. We expect our people to be self-governors. But to do so responsibly, our citizenry must be well-informed. Libraries provide the ideas and information, in a variety of formats, to allow people to inform themselves.


Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive and disseminate ideas.

- American Library Association